My Journey With Journaling | How Journaling Can Change Your Life
Journaling has become a very profound tool in my life. It helped me discover new passions, get clearer on my goals and values in life, improve my health (mental and physical), and helped me find love (within myself and a new partner). There are many benefits from journaling. For example, studies say journaling helps with building a stronger immune-system, better sleep, improved mood, and more self-confidence.
My journey with journaling started about 2 years ago when this quote struck a chord with me:
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, and your values become your destiny.” –Mahatma Gandhi
You have the power to change the course of your life by changing belief patterns and thoughts. Journaling is a great tool to do this.
To be clear, a journal is not a diary. When I journal, I am not writing a record of my life nor am I setting particular topics to write about. Instead, journaling is stream-of-conscious writing, a brain dump, and I jump from topic to topic. It’s all about the journey, not producing an end product.
Journaling has created a space for me to put thoughts and feelings down on paper in a way that clears my mind and allows me to focus on what I want out of life. It’s a ritual. It’s a self-care practice. It also helps me understand my complex emotions, feelings, and desires. Meaning, it’s very inexpensive therapy.
The act of journaling itself is freeing. There are no rules. You don’t have to worry about what other people will think of your writing, whether you’re politically correct, or using perfect spelling and grammar. It’s writing that only you will read.
Here are some examples of journaling topics:
*Gratitude (I am grateful for___)
*Positive affirmations (I am ___)
*Goals you want to achieve in life (I will be ___, I will feel ___, I will have ___)
*Quotes you like (from a book you’re reading or something you heard someone say)
*Happy moments you want to remember
*Epiphanies or interesting synchronicities
*Trauma (for healing)
*Anxiety (brain dump)
*Questions (Why do I ___? Why is there ___? When will I___?)
*Anything that resonates with you or you want to remember
The most important reason why I journal is because it is the practice of transferring what is in the mind to the physical world by writing thoughts onto paper. In other words, it makes your wishes come true! I can honestly attest that just about everything I have written down has come true. Like Gandhi’s quote, what you focus on is what manifests in your reality.
By journaling, you can choose to focus on the positive and it’s a tool that helps you shift your mind and steer you to a happier and healthier life. You don’t have to journal daily (I don’t) but I still do it because it has been instrumental in my life. In fact, I’m on my second journal.
If you don’t journal. Start journaling now. Set your life’s intentions. It can change your life.